Countless success pieces have been published through the years, for the purpose of helping individuals succeed and live a better life. One strong desire everyone has in common is to better themselves and achieve as many goals as humanely possible. We may lose track of the many goals we set to accomplish all throughout our life since we have so many of them.

We go through life smashing daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goals, annual goals, and long-term goals. Nowadays, we even have so-called life goals, relationship goals, and travel goals to keep us busy and progressive with our lives. This validates how goals seem to make our world spin each day, our lives continually dependent on them for our growth and progress.

It’s a human desire to want to succeed, but it’s not easy. If it was, everyone would have already cracked the code and success would be relegated to a position of lesser importance, by being too common. But we don’t really see that happening anytime soon, because the truth is, we will continually be relying on achieving goals one by one throughout our lives.

Our goals naturally change through time, but how we are able to achieve them consistently remains the same. Even if you think you lack ambition, you must have some goals in mind that you want to accomplish in this life. Here are the things you need to do to start achieving them:

Desire to Make a Change

The driver of any achievement is desire. It’s useless to set out on any journey and try accomplishing anything without this. So it always begins with you and your conviction that you need to get moving from point A (where you are now) to point B (where you want to be). As long as you have a desire or a dream, you can translate that into a goal and make it happen. Look around you, anything you see all started as a seed of thought. This is similar to yours.

Choose Goals that Resonate with Who You Are

Now that you have an idea of what you want, formulate that into a goal. The main difference between a dream and a goal is action. A goal is something you are planning to act on, while a dream is something that passively stays with you as an idea or thought.

Choose goals that naturally resonate with you. This is how goals motivate you to move consistently and achieve through any blockages. Your goals need to be your own and something with a strong purpose or why behind it. Make it your own or something even bigger than yourself.

Set your Goals in Stone

Now that you’ve got clearer goals in mind to achieve, it’s time to lock them in and write them down. The process of writing down goals and dreams has proven to be very effective. A study conducted by Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University in California, showed that “you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams, simply by writing them down on a regular basis.” But do not tuck it away and never read it again. This process will work only if you refer to what you wrote regularly too.

Build Your Action Plan

Having clear goals sets the stage for you to build an action plan in order to accomplish anything. Remember that goal-setting is completely different from goal achievement, but in order to take decisive, predictably successful actions, you need a map. For long-term goals, you can create five-year plan increments to make your progress more planned and predictable.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it,” as Abraham Lincoln popularly said once. Your action plan is your success roadmap and the best tool you could possess to hit your targets.

Always Be Accountable for Your Actions

You’ve written it down but no progress or change will ever take place without action. The most grueling part of any achievement is taking action. This is where reality hits you in the face with all the obstacles, setbacks, and excuses you could easily find. But nothing much will happen to your plans if you do not hold yourself accountable enough.

To ensure your sense of accountability for your goals, share them with somebody other than yourself. Some people choose to be quiet about their goals. If sharing with someone you know is inconvenient for you, getting a personal coach or online coach could help. Just be open to seeking positive support and help. You don’t have to do it alone.

Do Not Give Up Easily

Success is a long, winding road filled with unpredictable turns, unforeseen setbacks, and unanticipated challenges. You need to be persistent! Sometimes we get lucky enough to get it right the first time around, but that’s not always the case for every type of goal we have. The wise thing to do is to manage your expectations, and when you hit a bump, just never give up. Persist through the odds, stay the course, and keep going.

If you’re sure about your goal, do not give up at all. Just be patient and give yourself the opportunity to learn and grow from any failures. In any pursuit, commit yourself to these things and you’ll be smashing your goals in no time. There is a price for everything and in order to achieve great things, you need to commit to paying the price that goes with it. Finally, always be positive. It works wonders!